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COVID-19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application

Learn the principles and practice of critical care to treat and care for critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

53,252 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    6 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

Learn to manage critical care patients whilst protecting yourself and your peers

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“One of the essential qualities of the clinician is interest in humanity: the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient”
Francis W. Peabody, Harvard Medical School 1925

This 6-week course will teach you how to effectively care for critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Understanding critical care

You will learn the daily practice for frontline clinical staff supporting critical care patients with and without COVID-19, and how to apply ventilation and organ support principles to the care of a critically ill coronavirus patient.

Discover how to recognise, assess and manage deteriorating patients on the ward, and watch videos that demonstrate effective situation management in COVID-19 critical care.

Learn the fundamentals of COVID-19 and ventilation support

Next, we’ll provide information on a number of checklists, resources and guidelines being produced specifically for COVID-19 in order to assist healthcare teams with their clinical management and decision making.

In addition, we’ll provide an overview of the basic principles of Ventilation and Organ Support. It will cover the pathophysiology of sepsis and ARDS, mechanical ventilation, shock, sepsis and septic shock, acute kidney injury, and haemofiltration. This will support a range of staff members, including those new to critical care.

The importance of staff wellbeing

It is important to recognise that we need to care for ourselves in order to care for our patients, relatives and colleagues. The final part of the course explores how our emotions impact our well-being and provides you with resources to support you at this time.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds Hello. My name is Graham Nimmo, and I’m joint Programme Director for the University of Edinburgh and Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh online MSc in Critical Care Programme. I’d like to tell you about a project which our Edinburgh Critical Care online team are working on right now. We’re developing a COVID-19 critical care education resource. This online learning resource is aimed at frontline clinical staff, a wide range of healthcare professionals who are caring for critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes those refreshing knowledge and skills, newly qualified doctors, those who are upskilling, and those who are returning to acute clinical services.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 seconds There are a number of themes– COVID-19 Specific Care, the Deteriorating Patient, Ventilation and Organ Support, Daily Practice of Critical Care, and Self-Care and Staff Well-Being. At this unprecedented time, it is our hope that this resource helps us all to effectively manage critically ill patients. Our own well-being is also essential, and this emphasises the need for us to care for ourselves and our colleagues through this difficult time.

What topics will you cover?

• Deteriorating Patient
• Daily Practice of Critical Care
• COVID-19 Specifics
• Ventilation and Organ Support
• Self-care and Staff Well-being

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Apply the current and evolving principles of Personal Protective Practices in the care of COVID-19 patients
  • Apply evidence-based principles of advanced organ support and monitoring to the COVID-19 critically ill patient
  • Apply evidence-based daily practices to care of the critically ill patient
  • Develop a range of specialised self-caring practices, including being present, self-kindness, compassionate listening, soles of the feet, walk a mile in their moccasins
  • Reflect critically on the complex elements required to achieve both self-awareness and self compassion in a high tension environment

Who is the course for?

This course has been designed for frontline clinical staff who are caring for critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This includes a wide range of healthcare professionals in acute care, from many different clinical speciality backgrounds.

You may have some previous critical care experience or none.

The information will support those refreshing critical care knowledge and skills, newly qualified doctors, those who are upskilling, and those returning to acute clinical services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who will you learn with?

MSc in Critical Care Programme Lead for Professional Development, Physician, Intensivist, Past President Scottish Intensive Care Society and a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine

Olga is the Programme Administrator for the MSc in Critical Care, Linguist, Specialist in Translation/Interpreting (Russian, French and English languages)

Lindsay is the MSc Critical Care programme academic co-ordinator and an Anaesthesia Associate within NHS Lothian. She is Senior Tutor for Postgraduate Taught for the Deanery of Clinical Sciences.

Dorothy is Honorary Nurse Consultant, Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Lead Adviser to Scotland's Ombudsman and Director DA Professional.

MSc in Critical Care Programme Director, Reader and Honorary Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia. University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian.

Who developed the course?

The University of Edinburgh

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top universities and is globally recognised for research, innovation and high-quality teaching.

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has been enabling doctors to pursue their careers in specialist internal medicine through medical examinations, education and training, since 1681.

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